27 best Android apps of all time

by: Joe HindyJune 15, 2014
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Here it is ladies and gentlemen. The creme de la creme. The apps that most people will swear that they cannot live without. These apps have become ubiquitous with Android and if you’re looking for good stuff it’s assumed that you have this stuff already. It’s quite a long list so take your time and go through it. Enjoy the best Android apps that the Google Play Store has to offer.

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best android apps - amazonAmazon apps

[Price: Free]
Amazon has been a strong force in the Android ecosystem for a long time and we don’t expect that to change anytime soon. They’ve done a lot of apps, and really three of them could go here. Of course, there’s the Amazon shopping app (linked using the button below) which provides one of the best online retail experiences period. Also in the Amazon family is the Amazon Kindle app which is still among the best ebook platforms available. Finally, there is the Amazon Appstore which is one of the only non-Google Play stores worth following. It’s famous for its free apps and games promotions and worth a shot.
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beautiful widgets - best android appsBeautiful Widgets

[Price: $2.59]
Beautiful Widgets rose to fame during the days when everyone wanted the HTC Sense clock and weather combo widget but didn’t want an HTC device. It comes with weather, clock, and weather/clock combo widgets along with toggles to turn off various things like Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, etc. There are hundreds upon hundreds of themes to choose from and you should be able to find one that suits your tastes. It’s inexpensive and it works very well.
Get it on Google Play


Dropbox - best android appsDropBox

[Price: Free]
Dropbox is about as close to a household name as you can get in the cloud storage space. It’s a wildly popular service that offers up cloud storage at a reasonable rate and usually has promotions going on to get you some extra space. The app is clean, simple, and allows you to do things like manage your Dropbox and auto-upload your photos to the service. If you need cloud storage and nothing else, this is a great option.
Get it on Google Play
best android apps dropbox


ES File Explorer best android appsES File Explorer

[Price: Free]
There are a ton of great file explorers out there, but the one people keep circling back to is ES File Explorer. It is literally packed with features including FTP server support, connecting to things via WiFi, root explorer for you root users out there, and a semi-modern interface. Of course, it can also do all the usual stuff with files such as share them, compress them, and move them (if your OS allows, sorry KitKat owners). It’s also totally free and always has been which is what really makes this such a popular choice.
Get it on Google Play


evernote best android appsEvernote

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Evernote has long been the pinnacle of note taking on Android. It has a metric ton of features and deep organization capabilities. You can create notebooks, access your Evernote content cross-platform, and each note can have text, lists, photos, videos, or audio. It’s a great platform for work, play, or even something simple like house work. Most of the important features are in the free version while everything is unlocked if you buy the subscription.
Get it on Google Play


Google Chrome - best android appsGoogle Chrome

[Price: Free]
Google Chrome Browser is, pound-for-pound, the best browser for Android. It has the advantage of having partial integration with the OS, a fervent update schedule, and cross-platform sign-in support. Google is also very open about their Chrome platform as you can get the Chrome beta app and the Chrome Dev app that allows you to see features long before they actually get to the stable version. It’s a great experience and most Android devices already have this browser installed.
Get it on Google Play
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Google Drive best android appsGoogle Keep Best android appsGoogle Drive + Keep

[Price: Free]
Google Drive is probably the most powerful productivity tool in all of Android. Inside its massive borders you’ll find Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Keep. Google Drive serves as the cloud storage platform while the various tools allow you to do all sorts of things. The platform boasts Microsoft Office file support, live collaboration, 15GB of free cloud storage, direct integration with Gmail, and Google Keep is a note taking application that feeds into it with its own platform. This is how people on Android get things done.
Get it on Google Play


Google Play Music best android appsGoogle Entertainment Suite (Music, Moves and TV, Newsstand, Games, Books)

[Price: Free]
The Google Play Store is a vast and wondrous place. Not only can you get apps, but you can also get movies, music, TV shows, books, magazines, and all sorts of other content. To engage with this content, you’ll need an app from Google’s entertainment suite which includes Google Play Games, Google Play Music, Google Play Movies and TV, Google Play Newsstand, and Google Play Books. Each has their own set of special features but they all connect to your Google Play account. You already use the Play Store for apps and games, why not try it out with these other things too?
Get it on Google Play
google play music best android apps


Google Now best android appsGoogle Now Launcher

[Price: Free]
Google Now Launcher is the best way to get a stock Google experience without being required to buy a Nexus device. It features integrated Google Now, a clean interface, and simple features. It’s not as full featured as something like Nova Launcher, but Google fans swear by this launcher as a simple, clean replacement for pretty much any bloated stock launcher. It’s a great option, it’s totally free, and worth checking out.
Get it on Google Play


google photos Android Apps WeeklyGoogle Photos

[Price: Free]
We sure did list a lot of Google apps, eh? It’s because Google knows how to take care of its own platform and that sentiment cannot be embodied more than with Google Photos. Google Photos is a photo storage service that is entirely free. You can upload as many videos and photos as you want and it’s directly tied to your Google account forever so you’ll be able to access these photos as soon as you sign into Google on any device. It’s a great way to backup, organize, and even edit your photos. You can set it to backup only under certain circumstances and it’s more efficient than other options.
Get it on Google Play


HD Widgets best android appsHD Widgets

[Price: $1.99]
HD Widgets is much like Beautiful Widgets. It’s a suite of widgets where you can choose between clock, weather, clock/weather combo, and toggle widgets. Unlike Beautiful Widgets, HD Widgets relies on a customizable skin so you can tinker and change the look of each widget to suit your needs. There are add-on themes such as Kairo and Colourform which add more color options and widget styles. There are widgets for both tablets and phones and this is about as good as it gets when it comes to clock/weather widgets.
Get it on Google Play


Helium best android appsHelium

[Price: Free / $4.99]
Backing up your applications and data is probably the most important thing that most people never do. Helium is a no-root-required backup application that seems to hit all the right marks. It comes with a desktop application and lets you backup stuff to your SD card or to your desktop for easy retrieval later. It’s true with the backup options in Android M will make apps like this obsolete someday, but that day is not today. Until M becomes a thing everyone has, apps like this should definitely be used.
Get it on Google Play


IFTTT best android apps increase productivityIf by IFTTT

[Price: Free]
IFTTT is a unique application that allows you to control what you device does by linking actions within applications together. For instance you can favorite an image on Instagram and then set it up in IFTTT for you to save that image to your Google Drive. Once you create the “recipe” (as they’re called) to do that, your device will save any image you favorite on Instagram to Google Drive. There are a metric ton of uses for this app and it’s limited only by your creativity and imagination. You can also find helpful recipes by doing a quick Google search to help give you ideas for good ones for you. There is also a second app called Do Button by IFTTT that allows you to make almost anything you do in If by IFTTT into a widget on your home screen.
Get it on Google Play
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lastpass best android appsLastPass

[Price: $12 per year or $1 per month subscription]
LastPass is a password manager application that allows you to save all of your passwords to your account and then automatically log yourself into sites. This is incredibly handy on both Android and desktop, especially if you forget your passwords frequently. LastPass also features a password generator, a simple interface, and a cheap price tag. Many people swear by LastPass as the secure place for your passwords and we agree.
Get it on Google Play
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Microsoft Word best android appsMicrosoft Office

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Microsoft has hit Android in a big way the last couple of years. The pinnacle of which is arguably the full porting of Microsoft Office to Android. The mobile version is a bit lacking but it is entirely functional and feeds directly into OneDrive the same way Google Docs feeds into Google Drive. The tablet versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are far more powerful and functional, but do come as three separate apps. If you use Microsoft Office on your computer, it’s definitely worth giving Microsoft Office on your phone/tablet a shot.
Get it on Google Play


Netflix best android appsNetflix

[Price: Free app, requires subscription]
When it comes to streaming video, one of the name on everyone’s list is Netflix. It requires a $7.99 (soon to be $8.99) per month subscription and offers thousands of titles that you can stream right to your device (and a number of other devices). It’s compatible with practically every facet of the Android experience including Chromecast, tablets, phones, and Android TV. It’s easy to use and it’s essentially ubiquitous with “online streaming” at this point.
Get it on Google Play
Netflix best android apps


Nova Launcher best android appsNova Launcher

[Price: Free / $4.00]
Nova Launcher is the “go-to” replacement launcher for people looking to get away from the stock offerings. It’s touted far and wide as one of the best and it has a large set of features and add-ons including theme support and a boat load of other customization options. It even has the “Okay, Google” hotword available on your home screen like you get with the Nexus 5. If you don’t like your stock launcher, this is a must have app to fix the problem.
Get it on Google Play
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pandora best android appsPandora

[Price: Free / $4.00/year]
If you like streaming music for free and don’t mind a few advertisements every now and then, Pandora is probably the best app out there. It’s one of the few legitimately legal ways to get free music with nothing more than radio-style advertisements getting in the way. It’s used by millions around the world and it not only lets you listen to music to like but helps you discover new music that sounds like the music you like. You can get the premium service which removes many of the restrictions and the advertisements as well.
Get it on Google Play
Pandora best android apps


pocket casts best android appsPocket Casts

[Price: $3.99]
If you’re into podcasts, Pocket Casts is simply the best out there. You can use it to view audio or video podcasts, sync between your devices, switch between the dark and light theme, and enjoy its simple to use interface. You can even configure it to automatically download podcasts over WiFi or mobile data so your podcast is downloaded and ready to go when you need it. It’s light, fast, clean, and it does the job. It’s also updated on a frequent basis to bring plenty of fixes, improvements, and design updates.
Get it on Google Play
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Poweramp best android appsPoweramp Music Player

[Price: $3.99]
There are a metric ton of music players out there. Some are free, some are paid, and many come with a bunch of unique features. However, when it comes to solid performance and great features, Poweramp is about as good as it gets. It comes with a slick interface, fast library scanning, and even a built-in, 10-band EQ. You can get a 15-day free trial to check it out, but the app will set you back a few bucks. If you need a flawless music experience for your local content, this is about as far as you need to go.
Get it on Google Play
Poweramp best android apps


PushBullet free Android appsPushbullet

[Price: Free]
Pushbullet is an application that allows you to connect your computer to your Android device. You download this app and then the matching Chrome extension and then get everything connected. Once that’s done, your notifications will show up on your computer as well as your phone so you’ll always know what your phone is buzzing about. Over the last year, Pushbullet has also worked hard to allow you to interact with notifications such as answering texts and messages from some types of services like Whatsapp. It’s a great way to get your computer and phone connected.
Get it on Google Play


Sleep As Android best android appsSleep As Android

[Price: Free / $2.99]
There are a lot of great alarm clock apps for Android. When you get right down to it, though, it’s the same functionality wrapped in different interfaces. All except one anyway and that’s Sleep As Android. This app actually analyses your sleep patterns to help you get a better night’s rest. Here’s how it works, you put the phone in your bed with you and it uses the accelerometer to measure how much and when you move. It’s really something different and unique. If you need a better alarm app, check it out.
Get it on Google Play
Sleep As Android best android apps


Best Android appsSpotify

[Price: Free / $10/month subscription]
Spotify is one of the best music streaming services available period. In a recent move, they made the service free to use on mobile which means you can get the same experience on mobile that you do on the desktop. If you don’t mind the ads, you can find tens of millions of songs that you love, create playlists, share playlists with friends, and just enjoy your tunes. It’s one of the few music streaming options that allows for on-demand play and the subscription service is reasonable if you want to go all out with no ads.
Get it on Google Play
spotify best android apps


Swiftkey best android appsSwiftkey

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Third party keyboards are everywhere and that makes it easy to find the features you need. However, when it comes to the go-to keyboard that everyone recommends, the winner is Swiftkey. It recently went free with a number of themes that you can purchase for an additional charge. With it being free there is no reason not to dub this the winner of the third party keyboards. Some people like others better but generally speaking most people who don’t use the stock keyboards use SwiftKey.
Get it on Google Play


Tasker best android appsTasker

[Price: $2.99]
If you like to tinker and play with your phone or you want it to do exactly what you want, then you want Tasker. This app can be difficult to use for beginners but once you get the hang of what’s going on, it’s a truly powerful app. You can make your phone do pretty much whatever you want it to do when you want it. A bonus is many NFC tag apps have Tasker plugins so you can even use this app to program your NFC tags beyond what you normally could before.
Get it on Google Play
Tasker best android apps


todoist best android appsTodoist

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Todoist is a to-do list application that helps you keep track of all the things you have to do. It’s a powerful application with a simple interface and cross-platform support including native applications, a Chrome extension, and a web interface. You can categorize your items by things like work, home, etc and you can even add things like reminders, recurring events (i.e. clean the house every Sunday), and due dates. It also relies on a karma system that allows you to measure how productive you’ve been. Most of the features are available in the free version with the full version being unlocked if you decide to use the subscription.
Get it on Google Play


zedge best android appsZedge

[Price: Free]
Last on our list is Zedge. Zedge is one of the best apps available that can give you both wallpapers and ringtones. It has a huge selection of free ringtones and wallpapers for you to choose from. It’s just a matter of finding the ones you like. It’s free, everything in it is free, and it’s one of those highly rated apps a lot of people have but no one seems to talk about very often. It does have quite a few advertisements which can be annoying, but that’s easily mitigated by the sheer number of selections.
Get it on Google Play
zedge best android apps


Wrap-Up

A lot of what makes an Android app great is subjective. What’s great to one person may not be so great to the next and what’s tolerable to one may not be tolerable to another. With that in mind, if there are any Android apps you think should be here, tell us about it in the comments. Also don’t forget to subscribe to our Android Apps Weekly newsletter if you want the latest Android apps and games news!

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  • Laszlo Demeter

    Why you say ‘best app to have’, but mix Apex with Nova? You can use only one. Then Chrome comes pre-installed. Nothing new in this article, I’m sure 98% of the AA readers already know about all this apps.

    • CmHall9

      I was thinking the same thing. Pick one and go with it. Or just say, number 10 is a tie between Chrome and FireFox.
      Also I keep seeing the same apps listed every time as “the best apps of…” It’s rare that I come across something new in these lists.

      • Laszlo Demeter

        Totally agree. Also Amazon app isn’t a ‘need’, because we are not buying daily on Amazon. I’m amazed to see there’s no Ebay app in the list lol.

        This article was made either to comply with AA editor rules (which probably request you to post a minimum number of articles) or because the editor was bored

        • Guest

          Here’s the thing, there comes a certain problem with writing a list like this. The best apps are apps that people already have. If I wrote about apps that no one had, then are they really the best ones? It’s a conundrum that’s hard to put into words but easy to put into practice. 98% of my readers have 98% of these apps installed. Why is that? Because they’re the best ones! Articles like this are aimed at people coming to Android who want to see what we’re all running. Based on your comments, these are what you are all running…so I consider this a win for me :) Thanks for the comments by the way! I appreciate them.

          • JosephHindy

            Hi everyone thanks for the comments! This list was in alphabetical order ;) so where they are on the list is dependent on their names not “how good they are”. So there is no first place, second place, etc.

            Like I said in the comment below, these are the best apps because everyone uses them and likes them. That’s what makes them the best, right? If no one used them, they wouldn’t be the best ones out there now would they :)

          • Laszlo Demeter

            Of course that the best apps are those who readers and people already have installed, but there are so many much better apps installed out there. Where’s Aviate, Themer, Snapseed, Chronus (which is much better than Dashclock), Chrome and Dropbox comes preinstalled on most devices, Beatiful widgets and HD widgets are not very beautiful, there are better apps and again, you posted two old and rival apps. Why Netflix and Pandora which isn’t even international and not everyone can install it. Why “Sleep as Android” which can make us break the phone in our bed humping on it or pushing it down of the bed instead of Timely, which is more popular. What about CamScanner, WeatherSignal, Snapseed, Star Chart, Pudding Camera, Feedly, Office Suite, Perfectly Clear, Focal, AirDroid, CleanMaster, SmartTools, Wakelock Detector which are really very good apps and a need ? The only useful app you posted above is Carbon and Swiftkey ;)

            I don’t accuse you, just try to help you to make better articles next time. Take some of the apps I wrote above, I’m sure you will make a nice article.

            Sorry if you felt offended.
            Cheers.

          • JosephHindy

            No offense taken, just had to clarify. Lists like this aren’t really for people who know their way around Android. The value is kinda wasted on us because, well, we know the best already ;) but there are thousands every week getting their first Android phone who don’t know the things we know :) they gotta get started somewhere right?

      • IDontKnowMyName

        But you gotta realize these articles aren’t just for you and me. Everyday there might be hundreds of new people who add Android Authority to their bookmarks or just be their first time looking at this site. So for them this might be new and very useful.
        Also when an article gets old hardly anyone is gonna go dig it up from the archives or something like that.
        I know when I first got my Android phone any article like this one was good because I got to know about new apps but for other people who were Android users for a long time this was boring.

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    • helloletsgo

      Dolphin FTW

      • Laszlo Demeter

        I need to agree here too :)

    • Vladimir Lukic

      ..Amen to that mate..

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    • http://www.aftenposten.no/ Peder Andersen

      Right, agree with you. But there is something they did not tell. like:
      The best Launcher is Launcher 8 PRO
      And the best video player is MX Player PRO
      And everybody need DMD Panorama
      And to store your passwords really secure, use Wallet PRO
      I agree about PowerAmp, really good music player!

  • dodz

    almost all of these apps I already got it on my note 3 lol
    dont even need launchers cause my note 3 runs so smooth.

  • Mr T

    I have to disagree about ESExplorer making it on the list. There are many explorers that do as good a job, some that are completely ad free, and what I hate about ESexplorer is it creates a custom directory on your internal sd card and it doesn’t even delete it automatically when uninstalled.

    • solidisdabetsftw

      Solid File Explorer is The best in my onion

    • Matt

      Root Explorer is still my go to

    • Carl Draper

      Astro is better than ES

  • Johnny Five

    how about an unusual app, or something new, not a list of 25 apps that 99% of new users know about allready, this lists just looks like the popular apps list on google play

    • JosephHindy

      Here’s the thing, there comes a certain problem with writing a list like this. The best apps are apps that people already have. If I wrote about apps that no one had, then are they really the best ones? It’s a conundrum that’s hard to put into words but easy to put into practice. 98% of my readers have 98% of these apps installed. Why is that? Because they’re the best ones! Articles like this are aimed at people coming to Android who want to see what we’re all running. Based on your comments, these are what you are all running…so I consider this a win for me :) Thanks for the comment!

  • Sven Svensson

    How are these old apps the best ones of the months? Retarded article. How about monitoring for new apps?

    • JosephHindy

      This is best all time, not best this month ;)

  • utilitybelt

    Sleep as android is great. I’ve been using it for over a year. The best thing it can do is force you to answer math problems before the alarm turns off.

    • Maninder Pal Sngh

      that best thing sounds like pain.

  • Joseph

    Fast for Facebook is one of the best!

    • JosephHindy

      It definitely is and when I do my best social media apps, that one will probably be on there :)

  • Spanky

    Klyph for Facebook. (Saves a hell of a lot of battery compared to Facebook app)
    GreenPower Premium. (Manages Facebook Messenger and other misbehaving apps)

    They are two apps that I paid for, and I don’t usually pay for apps.
    Best apps I bought for my HTC One.

  • Basel Kira

    Is there a way -without rooting – to Install and open an app that isn’t listed for my country … What I want is( play music – Pandora – Netflix )
    If anyone knows similar apps please inform me … Thnx :)

    • Jahangir

      You can use maybe a proxy server to hide your real ip.

  • Marcus Thomas

    Solid Explorer is the best file explorer. I used to be a fan of ES, but Solid won me over ever since it first released its beta. It ahead of every other file manager in the market, in my opinion, and I’ve tried them all.

    Also, for a calculator, I’d recommend MobiCalc. I’ve been using it for ages. RealCalc is nice, but Mobi is just as functional and looks lightyears better.

    Now Pocket Casts, I’ll have to try. I wish there was a trial, though. Currently using BeyondPod.

  • Jonas Purtschert

    I think you forgot Spotify.
    You really get a better experience than with Google Play Music All Access.
    And it is one of the best made apps in my opinion.

  • David M Whittley

    Trolling for readers are we?

  • Karolis Morkūnas

    Spotify is a must have too, like gReader, Falcon Pro, Holo Compass, Shazam, Google Drive, Pocket, Chrome to Phone, Paypal, Package Buddy, Go SMS, and all the Social apps like Facebook, Skype, BBM, Instagram. I found many apps i use in this list: DashClock Widget, Dropbox, ES File Explorer, Google Chrome, Google Keep, Helium, Nova Launcher and SwiftKey.

  • Dusan

    I love Sleep As Android, been using it up until a couple of months ago when I discovered Timely.
    That one is a lot more pleasing to the eye.

  • Nathan Buffington

    Not impressed with this list aa…

  • Groud Frank

    GIF camera, Themer, Cloud print, Urban dictionary, Wordament, exDialer, Papyrus.

  • rgsoo1

    FX Explorer is one of top managers after a recent major update. I have used ES Explorer, really really find FX better. It would take a month to test all the apps in the categories covered in this article. Pick one category of apps then truely research and fully test all the options in that app space. Otherwise you get same old stuff.

  • Rushan

    I think he missed

    – Play Store
    – Gmail
    – Youtube
    – etc…

    We already have almost everything…

  • Timmy

    I have to agree with some of the other comments that there are competing apps that shouldn’t take up more than one place on the list (honorable mention maybe). I’d have picked some others like Handcent SMS, Pocket, Feedly, Voice, SoundHound and included a ToDo app category and something for the Sports enthusiast. Amazon? Seriously?

  • shehab attia

    Best 25 apps for what? nothing new to be honest. I also thought greenify would make the list.

  • ziplock9000

    I’d leave Netflix well and truly off that list until it supports profiles. There are many users like myself who have set the profiles up on other devices or web browsers. This makes the app almost useless on Android as you are essentially destroying your stats and predictions.

  • Blowntoaster

    Apex n Zedge are some of my first, and still used apps since I went over to android many years ago.
    Long live Android

  • nishantsirohi123

    i am glad you mentioned Zedge – it is awesome. best of all the ringtones do not crowd your music player

    another app i must mention is “shuffle tone 3.0″
    new ringtone every time your phone rings and it gives option of selecting the system as well as downloaded tunes

  • http://elexonic.com/ Elexonic

    depends on what you need

  • Murphy

    This is one of the useful apps in play store..
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.aars.passwordmanager

  • Ryan Ras

    Worse list I’ve ever seen!!!! Flipboard. Evernote? Calculator? You serious. Those came with my note 3. I wamt something unique.

  • Mike M

    I was getting frustrated trying to play my downloaded videos . I tried several players and either there would be no sound, or sound but no picture, or the sound and picture would go out of sync. I really didn’t want to convert my videos just to play them on my phone. A friend suggested MXPlayer and I am truly impressed. It’s free and plays everything I’ve thrown at it

  • GrebGoneBad

    Best apps? Why all the pre-installed Google ones of course! XD
    But seriously, I have actually used alot of the apps listed here, but ever since getting my N5 and N7 I have not felt the need to doanload things such as music players and video players. I have even moved away from the Kindle app. I am more moving towards a full Google intergration at the minute, which will mean easier setups on future new devices. =)

  • Chad

    Old. =/

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  • Dominic Banguis

    Great list!. Another app that
    should be on the list is Sentector. http://www.sentector.com/ – You can
    train your smartphone or tablet to detect specific sounds like an alarm,
    buzzer, practically anything that sounds – when it hears the sound, it
    can send a SMS or email or even a camera image to you. Pretty cool app.

  • Zodiak

    YOLO!! Guys you gotta check out the best and the latest apps for iOS, Android and WP8!!! http://goo.gl/I90xuc

  • Kapil Thakar

    Wonderful collection, I have used many of these.

    My best collection:

    http://ehowquestionsanswers.blogspot.in/2013/11/top-50-android-must-have-useful.html

  • Ibis Martinez

    For high school and college students, the new CustomCalc for Android is a better alternative. It is totally customizable, so you can set the functions that you use most in the place that you want. Powerful and extremely user friendly!

  • Flip Jumpman

    Hello!? Where’s Facebook? It’s only the best app in the world you know… Screw this list!

  • http://www.brosix.com/ Brosix

    Have some of them, will try the others. Thanks!

  • Jayfeather787

    How are there comments from 8 months ago? And ES File explorer and Nova Launcher FTW!

    • JosephHindy

      This list was taken down, updated, and re-released :)

      • Jayfeather787

        Oh okay. Mass confusion FTW! Nice list!

  • s2weden2000

    So where is flappy birdy…

    • JosephHindy

      :)

  • Colts5609

    Even though it is root only, if you are rooted, Titanium Backup is one of the most useful apps period, if you like to tinker around with custom ROM’s.

    • JosephHindy

      Check out our best root apps list ;)

  • Corck

    Fast for facebook!!!!

  • Clinton

    If you can group together Google entertainment apps together, then you could have done the same with Browsers (Chrome and Firefox), Widgets(HD and Beautiful) or Launcher (Apex and Nova). These are some of the apps that are the best at what they do and hard to pick between them.
    Plus, why Netflix? It’s actually just a Service with an Android app and it’s services are nit available in many countries so no use to them. It might be a great app but whats the point if many can’t even use it.
    Overall the list is kinda ok, but if this list is some kind of introduction to new users then you could have made a list according to categories. Best browsers, best launchers etc. . It would be much more helpful that way. .

    • JosephHindy

      I could not. Google’s entertainment suite is a whole ecosystem that is linked together. Music, Movies, TV, Books, etc are all in the Google Play Store and governed by your Google account. It is not the same services just bunched together otherwise it would’ve been spotify, pandora, and google play music grouped in :)

      Netflix has always been on the forefront of android. one of the first with chromecast support, improved interfaces, Android TV support, etc. It’s also worked hard on their service and app to make it worth a damn.

      • Clinton

        Netflix is fine then. I have never personally used it as it’s not available here(the service i mean) . It sounds like a great app. And I don’t doubt it.
        I was just pointing out that if the app is considered one the best then it should at least be useful for everyone whether they like it or not.
        And I’m sorry didn’t specify properly what I wanted to say about grouping the apps. What i meant was this could have been a some of the best apps rather than the best apps. Like best browsers or best note taking apps rather than top. You could have the best 2 or 3 in each category. Because, you know, everyone has their own opinion on what’s best.
        Don’t get me wrong, this list is good, and I only gave some suggestions.

        • JosephHindy

          We have separate lists for those kinds of things “best browsers” and “best note taking apps”, etc. We have a whole section of the site for best apps list that we update frequently :)

  • John Garlits

    This is a good basic list, I think.Good enough for a novice or somebody new to Android. However, I do think Swype is superior to Swiftkey. Yeah it’s a couple bucks – I think I got it at $1 when it first went paid out of beta – but it’s prediction is just so much better, at least for me. In all fairness, it could have become much better for me because I’ve been using it a long time, and it’s probably better optimized to me now. Swiftkey is nicer though for its emoji set and color options. That said, I have an Xposed mod that lets me alter the colors and even set the default speach recognition to Google’s, so I’m all set. :)

  • WitnessG

    No Pushbullet D=

  • DIYEyal

    I would replace chrome with firefox, I don’t use firefox on desktop, but on mobile I use firefox pretty much exclusively..
    add the google keyboard to my top list (not a fan of swiftkey, but since everyone else recommends it, you might like it a lot)
    Math keyboard (if you need to type mathematical symbols)
    ClipSync (copy and paste between all your devices. Phone and PC)
    electrodroid (this saves me so much time every day, and it’s free. only useful for some people though)
    MathRef (I know the developer personally, and I helped him adding content to his app. I use this every day. There’s a free version and a paid version)
    Calculator++ (for basic calculations, much better than the stock calculator)
    Scientific calculator (when my casio calculator is not around, not as good though)
    GeoGebra (though tablet only. simply the most powerful free math tool, and it’s open source too, I use it on desktop all the time. it’s available for android)
    Apollo music player (free, but not available on the google play store)
    Falcon pro (much better than the normal twitter app, free but not available in the google play store)
    bittorrent sync (great to access files from your desktop remotely, it’s fast and secure)
    audible (fair membership plans, wide selection of audio books)
    EveryCircuit (fantastic circuit simulator, great for electronic projects. I use it every day)
    steam (while you can’t play steam games, you can access the steam store, community and more. if you’re on steam, I would highly recommend getting this app)
    DaTuner (much faster to tune musical instruments with this app rather than by ear)
    feedly (like flipboard, I like it better)
    Titanium backup (if you have root access, this is a great app to have)
    Eye in the sky (whether app that looks nice)
    Don’t have more on the top of my head..

    A few things that I wish I could find for android (and couldn’t find a good alternative):

    pocketCAS: fantastic (paid) math tool on the ios platform (I used it for a while on a friend’s iphone, this app alone was almost enough to make me switch to iphones although I really don’t like iphones). I’ve asked the developers if they plan to bring their fantastic app to android and they said that they have no plans to do that and they suggested I take a look at their competitor math studio (not as good IMO, and more expensive). calculus tools is available, but not as good IMO..
    McTube: a better youtube client on the ios platform (free with ads), enables you to cache youtube videos in up to 1080p (although the display is only 640p), better ui than the standard youtube app, although some issues with replying to comments and sometimes you need to load a page again because the description font goes really large. much better than any 3rd party youtube app on the android side.. and I asked the developers if they plan to make a version for android, they said that they are not planning to do so..

  • Will S.

    Dolphin Browser should be on this list! Its fast and packed full of features.

    Also, I’ve been using PushBullet for the past few days, its great for transferring stuff between your devices.

  • Jorge Medeira

    FacesIn is missing on the list… it’s simply best social radar out there :)

  • http://plus.google.com/+JontyGamao Jonty

    Action Launcher should have been part of the list

  • joms

    Swifepad is the best

  • supremekizzle

    Yeah, Joseph Hindy absolutely sucks at ‘best’ lists…

  • My1

    MX Player best video player

  • Craigus

    anMoney
    A ‘must have- app if you want to keep track of your finances

  • Craigus

    Business Calendar Pro
    Combines your calendar and tasks. Provides perfect Agenda functionality using your Gmail calendar and tasks.

  • Craigus

    Safe in Cloud
    Password and secure information storage. Simple, clean, functional and syncs across multiple devices.

  • Craigus

    Memento
    The best general purpose database available on Android.

  • Craigus

    My Movies Pro
    The best movie collection app available on Android

  • Albin

    Thanks for a one page list instead of 30 nuisance clicks. Being a cheapskate using an older phone with a fully functional (pre-KitKat) microSD I look to resource efficient and SD friendly apps, so have different criteria for “best ever.” Since ES File Explorer is on the list I’ll note there is a free ES Task Manager that plugs into it and covers CleanMaster’s functions (CM has bloated to be too demanding for my phone.)

    Amazon is a prime example of apps I don’t like to see and try to avoid: locally installed internet-dependent websites that should be handled in the browser. Amazon shopping actually has a perfectly functional URL: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/h.html that I’ve bookmarked for the rare times I shop by phone, and if clearly could be improved if Amazon wanted to do it. Amazon’s excellent Kindle Reader is a different story: Kindle books are stored on the SD card and the app maintains and syncs the library beautifully.

  • mittNamn

    So glad (and somewhat suprised) that RealCalc is on the list! Beautiful, functional and it sports a RPN mode!! Good stuff!

  • Ed Brantley

    Pie pro ($). One of my personal favorites. You can have up to 26 favorite apps plus recent apps available on any screen except the notification screen. MY FAVORITE FOR 3 PHONES NOW.

  • Shankar Kumar

    I have one more suggestion for a chat app called Photo4tune. It combines the best features of Wechat, Snapchat and Facebook You can instantly share pics anonymously, send self destruct pics, fire messaging and also you can create events like in FB and invite friends! Must try and is available for download on Playstore!

  • Jon. B

    I guess that is wrong choice for Calculator that they have made guys try Calcoid

  • TafayorFellow

    I recommend you Tilt-Scroll app , which adds a system-wide Tilt-To-Scroll feature
    to your phone or tablet, so it works with any application on your device.
    Here is the link : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tafayor.tiltscroll.free

  • Jorge Yoma

    Hi,

    Take a look at Libop Calculator, a real innovation in calculators

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jorgeyoma.libop.free

    Thanks!

  • Rick

    I want to share a new app that I have come across recently it will give text information from picture and save typing time. Get it from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pictotext

  • Arsenal1Again

    lol, was somebody paid to write this rubbish?

    Should be titled “Best Apps for harvesting your information with a few useful utilities thrown in.”

    Excuse me while I install a password manager which stores my login details in cyberspace (the equivalent to locking valuable tools in a shed on an allotment a mile from my home).

    Yes, I am going to install Chrome now because Google is not invasive enough for my liking on my Android.

    Evernote wants online permissions, oh yeah.

    Uninstalling Dropbox will not stop your photos and and other files being stored all over Cyberspace without your knowledge. Without installing Picasa you will find thumbnails from the dropbox you uninstalled over a year ago automatically loading in your gallery, oh year. Dropbox is probably as bad as Whatsapp as an open Trojan Horse which ignorant people install. I cannot have sympathy for anybody with any of the following … Whatsapp, Chrome Browser, Facebook App, Dropbox.

    The reason your battery runs down so fast with these apps is because of all the processes they secretly execute in the background to sync your contacts, your messages, your photos, your call log, your location, what you said on social networks, what you bought or looked at in apps like the Amazon one.

    When you leave your car and home, make sure you leave them unlocked with the keys left where they can be seen. Be sure to fill the tank in the car for whoever comes across the it and inside your front door place a list outlining where all the things of value are kept. Yeah, having those apps is exactly the same as doing this. The reason their use is retarded is because logging into the sites through a web browser (not chrome) gives ZERO permissions for accessing your private info, your camera, your mic, your contacts and everything else … AND the mobile webpages look exactly the same as the app pages. Do the Math.

    • Blinken

      Agreed! These ‘best of’ lists should include permissions and who the developer is.
      Nothing like granting all your datas to a company from China, i.e. ES File Explorer vs. something like Total Commander.

  • http://www.aftenposten.no/ Peder Andersen

    You have really forgotten something:
    The best Launcher is Launcher 8 PRO
    And the best video player is MX Player PRO
    And everybody need DMD Panorama
    And I agree about PowerAmp, really good music player!

  • http://www.aftenposten.no/ Peder Andersen

    Right, agree with you. But there is something they did not tell. like:
    The best Launcher is Launcher 8 PRO
    And the best video player is MX Player PRO
    And everybody need DMD Panorama
    And to store your passwords really secure, use Wallet PRO
    I agree about PowerAmp, really good music player!

  • Ronnie clark

    Vehicle Registration Check

    No matter which state plate it is, now you can gather, not only the state to which a vehicle belongs, but also know which part of the state it come from.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.techila.vehicleregistrtion&hl=en

    Love Calculator HD

    Just try it out now with our Love Calculator! An extraordinary love calculator tool that helps you to understand the level of compatibility.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.techila.lovecalcy

    Match Your Love

    Its just one click away just try your love by scanning your finger.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.techila.fingerprintscanner

  • lovas94

    Great list! I have recently started using Pozzr (pozzr.com), it’s a really nice app, too. It’s not really for android, it works with every browser.